Kinsokuchi: Why You Can’t Enter Japan’s Forbidden Places

Unseen Japan
6 min readJan 15, 2024

Looking for a great spot to go on your Japan vacation? Well, don’t go to any of THESE places unless you wanna be boiled alive or cursed.

Kinsokuchi — Japan’s forbidden lands
Pictures: yanpon; gibun / PIXTA(ピクスタ)

The word “禁足地” — kinsokuchi — means “forbidden land.” It comes from the word “kinsoku,” which means “confinement” or “cut off”. It refers to places within Japan that are off-limits to visitors.